Since the pandemic, many families struggle to find adequate, affordable after-school care for their children. Cedar Park Elementary PTA has recently started an After School Enrichment Program to help.
Scholarships for this program help meet this need for students and families, while also providing equitable and affordable enrichment opportunities. Kids who might not otherwise be able to access classes like coding, music, art, chess club, and theatre club are able to participate regardless of their family's ability to pay.
Through it's 501c3, Cedar Park PTA's has subsidized registration costs and established scholarships to provide an affordable after-school care option to student families whose needs are currently unmet. These equitable enrichment opportunities are available to all K-5 students at Cedar Park Elementary (in North East Seattle, near Lake City), enriching kids, parents and the whole community.
Catherine Kodish, PTA Vice President and volunteer after school enrichment coordinator, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She worked for 17 years at Seattle Children's, but recently became a stay-at-home parent due to child care deficits during the pandemic. She is mother to a current 2nd grader and an incoming Kindergartener at Cedar Park Elementary.